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What do deactivations in neuroimaging mean?

By now, we’re all familiar with the colourful spots and blobs associated with brain imaging. The assumption is often that areas which ‘light up’ are increasingly activated – and are, as such, implicitly more ‘important’ – in the task under study. But researchers using brain imaging techniques know this to be untrue...more

Added by Dave J Hayes on November 30, 2013 at 10:05pm — No Comments

Brain-based evidence for multiple intelligences?

Is there any brain-based evidence for the theory of multiple intelligences? From my viewpoint, the answer seems clear: Yes….and no. (Germans have a nice colloquialism for this in ‘jein’, pronounced yine.)

The theory of multiple intelligences was originally proposed by… Continue

Added by Dave J Hayes on October 26, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Physical consciousness?

This guest blog was written by Christian Stevens, a graduate student in the philosophy department at the University of Guelph. His work is in the area of Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind.

We are physical beings in a physical world. This is the thesis of physicalism, the view that reality is made up of one kind of ‘stuff,’ and that stuff is…


Added by Dave J Hayes on October 26, 2011 at 11:29am — No Comments

The aversive brain


The ability to detect and respond appropriately to aversive things or events in our environment is essential for all organisms, from fruit flies to humans. Although much is known about aversive responding at the psychological level (e.g. displays of fear, disgust) and at the physiological level (e.g. increased heart rate, changes in electrical skin conductance), much less is…


Added by Dave J Hayes on October 26, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments

Is it time for a conceptual revolution in neuroscience?


A recent article by Russell Poldrack and colleagues begins with an apt quote from Rutherford D. Rogers, the former Yale University Librarian:

“We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge”


They chose this quote to… Continue

Added by Dave J Hayes on October 26, 2011 at 11:27am — No Comments

Human Brain Mapping (HBM) 2011

Human Brain Mapping in Quebec City was an excellent, if not slightly overwhelming, conference which brought together the often discrepant worlds of neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, physics, engineering, mathematics, and computer science. (Did I miss anyone?) For a first-timer – and someone relatively new to the world of neuroimaging – it was a whirlwind opportunity to try to absorb as much wisdom as…


Added by Dave J Hayes on July 8, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

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